Rangers raided Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) headquarters Nine Zero (90) in Karachi today at 6 AM in what was described as an “information-based operation” that led to the arrest of hardened criminals wanted by the authorities.
The raid has also prompted protests from party workers as the Sindh Rangers cordoned off the area and sealed Khursheed Memorial Hall for further investigation.
According to reports, a member of MQM’s Rabita Committee was also taken into custody along with several other party workers during the raid while party officials claim that Rangers shot dead a member of MQM’s central information committee, Waqas Ali Shah.
The Rangers have however refuted such allegations, claiming that no individual was killed in the course of their operation and that they arrested several hardened criminals. Educational institutions and petrol pumps in the city are closed today as citizens fear violence following the raid.
Wasay Jalil, spokesperson for the MQM, made a statement saying, “Dozens of mobiles of Rangers appeared at Nine Zero around 6AM. Personnel proceeded to raid the 50 offices in our headquarters. They went to each office, went through all the files and broke telephones.”
MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi also confirmed that no communication was possible with party workers at Nine Zero due to telephone lines being cut.
The Rangers also retrieved a large quantity of weapons from Nine Zero, including what they claim are weapons stolen from NATO containers. However, MQM officials have insisted that all weapons seized during the raid are licensed and kept due to security concerns and threats from terrorist organizations.
A press release by the Rangers gave details of criminals arrested in the raid including:
Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota
Farhan Shabbir alias Mullah
Farhan Shabbir aka Mullah
Ubaid K 2
A cameraman from Express News, Waseem Mughal has also been reportedly injured due to firing during the raid as he covered the story. However, he is believed to be in stable condition at the moment.